UK terror threat raised to critical

Posted May 26, 2017

A total of 11 people have been arrested in Britain and Libya over Monday's suicide bombing on a pop concert in the northwestern English city of Manchester by a British-born man of Libyan origin.

The former Ukip leader said: "It's all well and good for the Prime Minister to stand there, as every prime minister does, after one of these atrocities and say we will not be beaten".

Abedi got his passport back after telling his father he was going on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, but returned to England instead. "We have been following him for more than one month and a half", Bin Salem said.

Ramadan Abedi had earlier claimed his son Salman was innocent, saying: "We don't believe in killing innocents". He was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia and sounded "normal". There was nothing worrying at all until.

"I want to reassure people that the arrests that we have made are significant, and initial searches of premises have revealed items that we believe are very important to the investigation", he said. Hopkins said the arrests were significant.

Mr Abedi fled Tripoli in 1993 after Muammar Gaddafi's security authorities issued an arrest warrant and eventually sought political asylum in Britain.

He spent 25 years in Britain before returning to Libya in 2011 after Gaddafi was ousted and killed in the country's civil war. Police sources say he was captured on security camera video at a store in Manchester, possibly buying the backpack used to carry the device. It said the database was built around a longstanding U.S.

The revelation came as his father, Ramadan, was arrested by masked gunmen in Tripoli this evening while recording TV interviews in the country.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May says progress is being made in the Manchester bombing investigation but the national threat level remains critical - meaning another attack may be imminent.

It was the work, reports Phillips, of a relatively sophisticated bomb-maker, with skills the suicide bomber is not thought to have possessed himself.

Mr Burnham told BBC's Newsnight that police had chose to take a "cautious approach" to releasing information "and yet the first reports were coming seemingly out of the United States".

"We are also hearing he was on a watch list".

His friend, also of Libyan descent, died after being stabbed by British youths in Manchester in May 2016, the source said on condition of anonymity.

After arresting a 23-year-old man on Tuesday, police said they had taken three more men into custody on Wednesday in south Manchester, the area where Abedi lived.

May is believed to have warned Trump that such leaks could harm the "special relationship" between the United States and UK.

A witness who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush as thousands of people trying to escape. It said that there was "disbelief and astonishment across the British government" about the leaks to USA media, which they felt could compromise the investigation. "Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together", her management said. It was unclear whether Abedi was under surveillance as recently as the attack.

He said the relationship between the U.S.s and Britain was the most cherished of all US ties.

Information is routinely shared by security and intelligence agencies as part of the special relationship between the transatlantic allies and surveillance information is also shared between the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand under the Five Eyes arrangement. Customs and Border Protection has access to a broad array of air travel information through the USA government's National Targeting Center.